"All old people know each other, don't you know that?" --King Bumi to Suki in Sozin's Comet Pt. 2: The Old Masters
"It's time for you to look inward and start asking yourself the big question: WHO are you and what do YOU want?" --Iroh to Zuko in Lake Laogai
"It is not our abilities that show what we truly are. It is our choices." - Dumbledore to Harry in Chamber of Secrets
I'm a college student who rediscovered the epicness of Avatar: The Last Airbender a few years ago, as well as Pokemon (and Kingdom Hearts more recently).
I could go on and on about it, but instead, I'll just link two videos on youtube that describe, at least partially, the essence of Avatar to me:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qVhRH78Zj7g and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nm-wiB60nHs
I do tend to obsess over Iroh's role. General, Uncle, Dragon of the West, Grand Lotus, quite probably the "Greatest Firebender in the World" for much of his life. However, and it might just be me, but most seem to forget Iroh's other title: Spiritwalker. How did he go to the Spirit World? What happened there?
There are so many other unfulfilled details on Iroh's life and his role is underwhelming at times. His performance at the Spirit Oasis, takin' out Zhao's Personal Guard in 4 or 5 shots, neutralizing Azula's entire Imperial Guard detachment in Season 2, holding off what seems like the entire Dai Li until Katara got out of the Catacombs of Ba Sing Se, busting out of the prison during the eclipse, and then his fireball that broke through Ba Sing Se's inner wall, hints at a mind-boggling amount of power and control. However, I, personally, wanted more of him. He seems to have taken the attitude of airbenders - attack only when it's absolutely needed.
I'm not overly enthused with the first season of The Legend of Korra. It was presented in a much darker fashion, but the problems were just not quite as dark. After all, Aang deals with everything from raging self-doubt and guilt up to involved child soldiers, terrorism, genocide, child abuse, war, torture, and attempted siblicide. Pretty hard to get darker than that. Still, psyched to see the second season, at least, will have the Spirit World as its emphasis, and there's two more scheduled seasons after that - plenty of time to turn the ship 'round and show us what they got.
The second season does give me hope for the other major hole in the original series - Koh/The Spirit World. ("We will meet again, Avatar.") We never saw him again. They could have at least put him in the end when Aang is meditating on what to do when he faces Ozai. There's so much importance on the other plane's existence in the first season, but basically disappears for the rest of the show.
And Iroh is gone :'(
You can also find me under the same name at AvatarWiki [http:///wiki/User:TheOldMasters].
Other universes I write for (and concentrate my reading on) are Pokemon, Kingdom Hearts, and Harry Potter.
Pokemon offers a well planned out universe - but one where more mature thoughts and occurrences don't occur in the popular anime cartoons. The manga is good at looking at said universe in a mature fashion - but there's a lot of room to play in :D.
Kingdom Hearts, for me, is more about taking the characters and then putting them elsewhere. The real universe is already well-established, not to mention somewhat mind-boggling in sheer scope and complexity.
Harry Potter is interesting. It's clear that JKR tried to transition from the children's books the first two were to at least young adult in terms of themes, actions, and consequences, but was somewhat held back by the first two books. The series is great, but I like large rewrites of Harry's life because it offers a chance to try to make it more logical. (Dumbledore, especially, suffered greatly during his transformation, leading to an incredible amount of Dumbledore bashing stories out there.)
Yes, I do have various stories, but I'm not quite ready to take the stage. I'm working on polishing quite a few for a massed release...sometime. Heh.
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